Simple Christmas Craft – baby in the manger

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This craft has a bit of preparation – there is some cutting out for an adult or older child to do. I made a template to speed the process up!

All you need to make the ‘baby in the manger’ scene is :-

Good quality paper plates – preferably with a definite rim. You will be using the back of the plate.

Tissue paper cut into squares – dark blue and yellow

Shredded tissue paper – yellow

Brown paper cut into small squares

Grey/dark crayons to shade the silhouette of the baby’s head

Stars

Glue sticks

To make –

Have an example to show the children and explain what it is that they are making.

Stick the tissue paper and brown paper followed by shredded tissue to make the straw. Add the star and shade the silhouette of the babies head.

For this stage give children an additional paper plate to act as a support under the craft plate. It will make sticking much easier.

When everything has dried the final stage is to fold the plate.

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Advent calendar day 22

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Luke 2:15 ‘When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another. ‘Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.’

Craft to make – Christmas stockings – all you need is paper or card cut into a stocking shape. Decorate with stickers and glitter. Have a look here for more ideas.

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Advent calendar day 14

third week of advent…

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Matthew 1:21 ‘ She wil bear a son,and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’

A simple decoration to make – multi coloured card bauble. All you need to do is cut circles (you could make bell or tree shapes too) and stick coloured shiney paper all over. Punch a hole and add thread so you can hang from the Christmas tree.

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Advent calendar day 9

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John 8:12 ‘Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’

 

 

A craft to make – Jesus is the light of the world candle stained glass.

Print picture from the PDF (see below for the link) onto card. Cut out flame. (Older children can do this for themselves but prepare it ahead of time for younger ones) Colour or paint the heart and cross. I used wax crayons to blend the colours. Add writing ‘Jesus is the light of the world’. You may need to write this first and then decorate the heart. It can be tricky writing over wax crayon! Stick tissue paper to the reverse. Hang at a window.

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Jesus_is_the_Light  – PDF file.

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Advent calendar day 8

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John 1:9 ‘The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.’

 

Craft to make – Christmas Lantern decoration

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You can make large or small lanterns – the basic pattern is the same. You need long strips of paper folded in half lengthenways. Cut into the fold but not right across. Open out and attach some double sided tape as in the photo and stick to make the lantern. Add a handle using double sided tape. (You can use glue but double sided tape sticks really well)

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Star Christmas decoration – using lollipop sticks

Lots of sequins are needed for this simple star shaped decoration for the Christmas Tree! You will also need

PVA glue, paint – I used yellow but you can use any colour poster paint, sequins, ‘Joy to the World’ mini banner, a button and thread and six lollipop/ popsicle sticks per star. (plus some spare in case of any mishaps!)

To make

1. Paint six lollipop/popsicle sticks and leave to dry.

2. Once dry glue together – layer the sticks as shown in the photo. and leave for the glue to dry.

3. Meanwhile thread the cotton through the button – tie in a knot to make a loop. This will be used to hang the star from the tree.

4. Glue the threaded button to the top of the lollipop stick star.

5. Glue sequins and glitter all over the star. Before you add sequins to the top lollipop stick glue the mini ‘Joy to the World’ banner in place and then add sequins either side of it.

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‘Gingerbread house’ ideas…

Christmas is coming! Here are some gingerbread/cookie ideas. Click on the links to go direct to the websites. I like these ideas because they are simple but very effective and fun.

non cook, cardboard Gingerbread house from inner child fun

Lovely, simple cookie house from foodgizmo

Kid Friendly christmas cookies

Simple gingerbread house – found on Betty Crocker website. This is far easier than making a traditional gingerbread house as there is no need to try and stick walls to each other. Much easier if there is a group of children.

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Stained Glass Nativity

 

 

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Start with a template. Draw around this onto two pieces of black A4 sugar paper (construction paper) I secured it with paper clips to make things easier . This design was tricky to cut out but older children could do it with some help and patience. If you have a small group I would be tempted to do this beforehand with a craft knife.

Cover window with tissue paper. Cut this into strips beforehand. Glue the other A4 black paper to the back. Hang in a window.

Go to this post for a PDF of the template that you can print.